We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have a dream…”On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic speech described an American nation free from the racism that divided it…
This January 16th – 2020, the audience members of Place des Arts‘s Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montreal, will sway to a mix of traditional African and modern music—including Gospel, Classical, Jazz, Broadway, and Spirituals—all in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A joyous celebration inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , the show will feature a 9-piece ensemble of some of the world’s foremost musical talent tying together a living lineage of music and culture that includes repertoire from across African American music traditions that have electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders, interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.
Producer Damien Sneed has worked with jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends including the late Aretha Franklin, as well as mentor Jessye Norman—recently serving as musical director for her funeral service. He has also worked with Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, Lawrence Brownlee, and many others musical gems .
Drawing from his experiences with these great artists , audience members will be treated to music spanning from Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway, along with traditional spirituals and African music .
Sneed’s unique understanding of each genre perfectly allows him to fluidly cover much musical ground in a single performance.
This is the only We Shall Overcome Canadian date in 2020.
The event takes place the day after the 90th anniversary of Dr. King’s birth, and 4 days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020
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